Kiryat Shmona Hap TA 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Premier League winning streak was snapped at six matches on
Monday, with the reigning champion being held to a 1-1 draw at Ironi Kiryat
Hapoel took the lead in the 37th minute through Ben Sahar, but
was no where near its best on Monday and deserved no more than the one point it
went home with after William Njovu equalized in the 69th minute.
takes Hapoel to 42 points, two behind league-leader Maccabi Haifa, with Kiryat
Shmona remaining in fourth position with 33 points.
“We didn’t move the
ball well and we created almost nothing,” Hapoel coach Eli Gutman
The hosts were more determined at the start, with new signing
Shimon Abu Hazeira especially desperate to make a good impression on his
Abu Hazeira, who joined on loan from Greek club Larissa,
registered the first chance of the night with a shot from the edge of the area
in the 19th minute, but Hapoel was gifted the opener in the 37th
Salah Hasarma allowed Eran Zahavi’s through ball to roll under
his foot and Sahar capitalized on the mistake, slotting in his sixth goal in the
last five matches after scoring just once in his team’s first 14 league
Kiryat Shmona finally got its reward for its dominance in the
Abu Hazeira fluffed his shot, but fortunately for the hosts,
the ball fell to Njovu and the Zambian tucked in the equalizer.